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For the past 40 years Noam Chomsky's writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, since the 1960s Chomsky has also secured a place as perhaps the leading dissident voice in the United States.
Chomsky's many best-selling works - including Manufacturing Consent, Hegemony or Survival, Understanding Power, and Failed States - have served as essential touchstones for dissidents, activists, scholars, and concerned citizens on subjects ranging from the media to human rights to intellectual freedom. In particular, Chomsky's scathing critiques of the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Central America, and the Middle East have furnished a widely accepted intellectual inspiration for antiwar movements over nearly four decades.
The Essential Chomsky assembles the core of his most important writings, including excerpts from his most influential texts over the past 40 years. Here is an unprecedented, comprehensive overview of Chomsky's thought.
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By Thomas Dargan on 05-02-16
Hard to listen to after the first hour
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Demolishing BF Skinner
Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Stillwell’s performances?
The reader goes off the rails. He gets sick, or bored, or tired, or something, and his tone and inflection stop matching the words and the ideas. The producer should have caught this. The reading perfomance is distracting, and makes it very difficult to follow Chomsky, who is a very dense and demanding writer.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Customer 503 on 06-13-17
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constantly distracted by the theatrically pretentious reading. akin to a subtle Snidely Whiplash reading of Noam Chomsky.
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By Sab London on 02-10-16
Illuminating and exceptional
Great collection of Chomsky works! You can't go wrong with this if you want to understand how this world works.
29 of 33 people found this review helpful
By Honest Dude on 07-12-18
Some of the Essays are very interesting
This work is collection of essays covering various areas of activism, philosophy and linguistics.
I found the essays on linguistics to be very heavy and difficult to follow, However anyone with a grounding in linguistics will probably be able to appreciate these essays.
His essays on various conflicts and current affairs are interesting.